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Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

I’m so good at wasting time. So good. Basically an expert. Just this morning I spent over an hour thinking up little gifts to pair with my printable food-pun valentines from last year. Remember these? Can you guess them all? (Btw, figuring out food puns is not wasting time — it’s good for your brain. Shopping is also really […]

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4 Simple Sauces for Summer Grilling

4 Simple Sauces for Summer Grilling

Happy Memorial Day weekend! We are so ready for school to be over and summer to start. (But ask me in two weeks and I’ll probably be counting down to September, ha!) Are you planning to break out the grill over the long weekend? If so, here are for four simple sauces to serve with your meal. 1.  Easy […]

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Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

Gluten-Free Chocolate Tart

This chocolate tart is one of my all-time top five desserts. It’s easy to make, rich and satisfying, and absolutely stunning to serve. The other wonderful thing about this chocolate tart is its simplicity. The filling requires just a handful of real-food ingredients: butter, cream, vanilla, chocolate, and a pinch of cinnamon. The crust, however, is not […]

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Authentic Red Mole in 5 Simple Steps

Authentic Red Mole in 5 Simple Steps

Mole can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. Really, you can make authentic red mole in less than one hour by following these five simple steps: ROAST FRY SOAK BLEND STRAIN If you can get these steps down, you just might be making mole from memory before you know it!! (Unless you are pregnant […]

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Mexican Flan: Step by Step

Mexican Flan: Step by Step

Let’s talk flan, people. What is it? Flan is a delicate baked caramel custard dessert, popular in Mexico and South and Central America. When flan is done correctly, it’s absolutely the most heavenly dessert you’ve ever tasted. When it’s done wrong, it’s miserable (something akin to sweet overcooked scrambled eggs). My husband John was very vocal flan-hater […]

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My Great-Grandma's Apple Pie

My Great-Grandma’s Apple Pie

We always make two pies on Thanksgiving. Usually, apple and pumpkin, or bourbon-pecan and pumpkin. For the pumpkin, I use Libby’s tried-and-true recipe; it’s easy and always turns out well. For the pecan, I use my own favorite recipe for Double-Shot-of-Bourbon Pecan Pie; this one is also easy (you just need one bowl!) and is absolutely […]

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Slow-Cooked Balsamic Beef

Slow-Cooked Balsamic Beef

Balsamic beef just sounds good, doesn’t it? I thought so when I saw a recipe for it on Pinterest. Then I made it. It was okay but nothing memorable. Meh, I would say. Very meh. So anyway, I decided to come up with my own recipe. I wanted something that was really different flavor-wise from my […]

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Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

Even Easier Mashed Cauliflower

I posted a recipe for Cheesy Puréed Cauliflower about a year ago. Since then I’ve improved the recipe — with a better explanation of key details and a simpler recipe, so I wanted to share the updates with you. Here’s the deal with this dish: You need to cook the cauliflower until it is very, very […]

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How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

How to Roast Acorn Squash in the Oven

Let’s talk fall for a minute. Acorn squash. On the outside, it may be dark green, orange, or beige. The ones with dark green skin seem to be more common at our local grocery stores, although Trader Joe’s had some pretty orange ones last fall. I find acorn squash easier to work with than the other amber-fleshed […]

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Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

Rice Krispie Treat Easter Nests

I’m actually a little surprised it took me this long to look it up. Here I am 36 years old and I’m just now learning why we tell our children that a big bunny brings eggs on Easter. This is the explanation on History.com: According to some sources, the Easter bunny first arrived in America in the […]

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Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake: Step by Step

Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake: Step by Step

This is the Easter cake my mom used to make for us when we were kids. I remember being fascinated by how a few simple cuts in two circular cakes could make a bunny with a bow tie. I also remember licking the beaters after whipping the cream! I love those memories.  And even more, […]

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DIY Shark Costume

DIY Shark Costume

We’re really into sharks over here. Jack spent a few days as a hammerhead shark (thanks to a couple of washable Crayola markers). And we recently bought a shark umbrella stroller (another impulse buy from Target!). Now we’re working on shark costumes for Halloween. I got the idea from a quick Google search for images […]

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Dulce de Leche Icebox Pie and Other Summer Dinner Party Ideas

Dulce de Leche Icebox Pie and Other Summer Dinner Party Ideas

We are settling in well in our new house. I love being closer to family, downtown, and the neighborhood pool. And I especially love the way the sun seeps through the west windows in the early evening. (Sissy likes it, too.) Now that most of our boxes have been unpacked (or at least hidden in […]

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Recipe Roundup: Food Ideas for the Fourth

Recipe Roundup: Food Ideas for the Fourth

You know why I love the Fourth of July? Because I get to break out these bad boys. And these bad boys. And then hang out at a picnic all day. Really though. I do love the Fourth. And not just because it’s like a 24-hour tailgate. I love it because — for just one […]

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Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

Easter Treats: Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops

I love this TED Talk about art. It’s by Korean novelist Young-ha Kim. His premise is that, as children, we are all artists and have an innate desire to play. He says that, as we get older, this type of free play and creation is discouraged.  For example, he says that, as an adult, if you were […]

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Easter Bunny Cake

How to Make an Angel Food Easter Bunny Cake

My husband and I have a running debate about the proper use of the word “rich” when describing food. (Lame, yes, but that is what happens when two lawyers get together.)  I say “rich” should only apply to very buttery or fatty foods. Whereas, John uses it to describe any highly-seasoned cuisine. Well, good news […]

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Valentine's Day Recap

Valentine’s Day Recap

If Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a celebration of love, it was. For the third year in a row, we had John’s band and their families over for a Valentine’s Day dinner. The guys cook (and drink beer) and the ladies chat (and drink champagne). The kids make a huge mess. But back to LOVE. […]

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Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

Easter Treats: Rice Krispie Treat Nests with Candy Eggs

I rarely know what day it is.  Probably because I don’t write checks very often or work a regular job.  And probably also because I have a three-month-old and three-year-old at home, neither of whom has any concept of time.  (Although I did get a laugh the other day when Jack, the three-year-old, told me […]

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